Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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Newsletter: Term 2 Week 11 – 25 June 2020

Dear Parents,

When we plan our topics, our Project Based Learning (PBL) topics, we have a long list of research skills that children need to be taught in order that they are able to find, synthesise, critique, apply information. The skills learning is incremental as they move through the school. Each subsequent year building on the research skills from the year before.

One of the skills that teachers like to identify as needing to be taught is questioning. I have a strong argument against the need to teach a child how to ask a question. Young children have such vivid imaginations and they are full of curiosity. They ask millions of questions and the majority of the questions start with ‘why?’. They don’t need to be taught how to ask a question. I read somewhere that children can ask up to 75 questions a day.

As children get older, they still ask lots of questions. The questions now start with ‘who or when or where or what’. Their questioning has evolved with age.

Our role at school is to not teach children how to ask a question, but to model the way we craft questions to get the information we are looking for and how this might differ from the way we craft questions to get others to give their thoughts and opinions.

If your child asks you a relatively simplistic question, restate it modelling a fuller or deeper version of the question they have asked. It is through this modelling that they will learn the value of appropriate questioning to find out what they want to know.

Don’t you love it when your child asks you a curly question? Why is the sky blue? Why do big people / adults stop growing? Then there was the question my 3 year old asked a heavily tattooed man sunbathing on the beach… ”Why have you got stamps (tattoos) on your body?”

So how do we answer these curly questions? Do you change the subject? This is not the ideal approach says psychologist Clare Rowe, who explains that avoiding the topic altogether is not much different from lying to them. She also says to not give them wrong information, as it will only confuse them later.

If you know the answer, then explain it in an age appropriate way, avoid long winded explanations. You may give way more information than is needed so check where the question is coming from before launching into a long explanation.

If you don’t know the answer, then that might be a perfect opportunity to model how to find something out and how to search through the millions of pieces of information that Google spits out.

If it is one of those curly questions that can’t be factually answered, why not throw it back at them? An example – when I was asked by my daughter how she could get to Care Bear land, I said that I wasn’t sure, but how did she think she could get there? I then listened to her long winded theory of how she could get there!

Sometimes though, the best answer for your questioning child is, “…..because I said so!”

Kind regards


Announced last assembly:

Robbie Baker & Chrissy Chan

Celebrated last assembly:

Lucy Williams & Preston Frost

  • Room 1: Ethan Wood
  • Room 2 : Sierra Sharma
  • Room 2 : Atalia Ese
  • Room 3 : Lottie Larkin
  • Room 4 : Eric Huang
  • Room 4 : Kelan Arndt
  • Room 5 : Alena Thorman
  • Room 5 : Hougang Li
  • Room 6 : Beichen Zhou
  • Room 6 : Sophie Power
  • Room 7 : Mila Lodge
  • Room 9 : Arlo Honey
  • Room 10 : Ella Mills
  • Room 11 : Grace Chai
  • Room 24 : George Williamson
  • Room 12 : Matvey Sukhovey
  • Room 13 : Skye Sun
  • Room 14 : Bella Paisankitjaroen
  • Room 15 : Bella Hill
  • Room 16 : Melanie Stacey
  • Room 17 : Annie Li
  • Room 18 : Ben Pratt
  • Room 19 : Mia Jancys
  • Room 20 : Harriet Williamson
  • Room 21 : Cecilia Wang
  • Room 21 : Austin Lee
  • Room 22 : Anne Chen
  • Room 22 : Brayden Gao
  • Room 24 : Leona Baylon
  • Room 24 : George Williamson

  1. Place the Yummy stickers on the sticker collection sheets and / or
  2. Place the cut-out Yummy labels (from fruit bags) on the cut-out label collection sheets
  3. Return the completed (or partially completed) sheets to the Victoria Ave School office by 18th September 2020. Make sure your name and room number are on the sheet as we will give a prize to the student(s) that collect the most stickers

Yummy apples and fruit are available from New World, Pak’n Save and other participating stores.  The more stickers VAS collects, the more sports gear we receive.  Last year, VAS qualified for $1,800 worth of free sports gear which is an amazing effort.

Start collecting today :)

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Get your new Digital Entertainment Membership today.

The 2020 | 2021 Digital Entertainment Memberships are here. It’s packed with amazing offers for activities, attractions, shopping, travel and all kinds of tasty treats – from cool cafes to fabulous fine dining. Great for the school holidays!

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Health Education Community Consultation – 2020

Click here for information about Health Education at Victoria Avenue School. Once you have read the information, please take a moment to complete the survey which will be available until the end of the term. To access and complete the survey, click on this link

APPA Music Competition

APPA runs a music competition for primary school piano and string players who have achieved Grade 5 or higher on their instrument.
There is prize money!

If you would like to know more, please contact me and I’ll forward the relevant information on to you.
Entries need to be in to APPA by Friday 14th August.
Alison Laxon [email protected]

Applications for enrolment into Remuera Intermediate are now open.

We strongly encourage all In Zone Applications to be submitted by Wednesday, 2 September 2020 to ensure appropriate class sizes and staffing can be established for 2021

The closing date for Out of Zone Applications is Wednesday, 2 September 2020 at 3:30 pm.

No late applications will be accepted.

The out of zone ballot will take place on

 Wednesday, 9 September 2020.

Our office hours are Monday to Friday

8:00 am – 3:30 pm.

Enrolment forms can be downloaded from our website:

Auckland Basketball Schools Miniball League is looking for registrations for their 5-aside miniball competition starting back up in Term 3.

The league is open to Year 3 and upwards and games are played at St Kent’s Gym after school during the week.

If your child enjoys basketball and would like to try something new get a team of 5 together (plus a sub or two) and register here:


School Times
School starts:      8.50am
Interval:             10.30-10.50am
Lunch:               12.30-1.25pm
School finishes:   3.00pm

Term Dates for 2020

Term 2: Wednesday 15 April to Friday 3 July
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 1 June
Term 3: Monday 20 July to Friday 25 September
Term 4: Monday 12 October to Wednesday 16 December
~ Labour Day Monday 26 October

Term Dates for 2021

Term 1: Wednesday 3 February to Friday 16 April
~ Waitangi Day observed Monday 8 February
~ Good Friday 2 April
~ Easter Monday 5 April
~ Easter Tuesday 6 April
~ ANZAC Day observed Monday 26 April

Term 2: Monday 3 May to Friday 9 July
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 7 June

Term 3: Monday 26 July to Friday 1 October

Term 4: Monday 18 October to Wednesday 15 December
~ Labour Day Monday 25 October

DRAMA/SPEECH LESSONS: Click here for information
MUSIC LESSONS: Click here for information on Musiqhub music lessons

FOR TERM 2 2020
Click here for details on these activities.
Click here
for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 202

What’s Ahead?
Please click here to view our online calendar

Stationery Sales
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am

Uniform Shop
– half way up dragon drive

OPEN FRIDAYS only: 8.15-8.45am
Orders and payments for uniform can be made online on our website ~ Click here

Lunch Orders
‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezlunch: – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY. Click here for the ezlunch  menu. Click here  to join ezlunch Click here to make an order.

School Dental Service
8b Ngaio St Orakei Ph 520 0603.

The dental team will be posting letters to all new entrants to our school as required.

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PLEASE, PLEASE CHECK FOR NITS – a number of classes have reported nits and if your infected child is not treated then many others will be!
Here is a link from NZ Health for info and treatment.

To download the app for free on iPhone or Android click this link: